SPEECH BY H.E. UHURU KENYATTA DURING THE SIGNING OF DECLARATIONS OF ADHERENCE TO THE JULY 2014 BRAZZAVILLE AGREEMENT AND COMMITMENT TO THE BANGUI FORUM

On October 12, 2018 In Statements and Speeches

  1. Late last year 2014, His Excellency President Denis Sassou-N’GUESSO, the International Mediator in the crisis in the Central African Republic, requested me to facilitate mediation negotiations for ceasefire and cessation of hostilities between the two main protagonists in the crisis, namely the Ex-Seleka and the Anti-Balaka.

  1. In the spirit of brotherhood and Pan-Africanism I acceded to the request with honour and humility.

  1. Consequently, I constituted a Mediation Team and Technical Support Secretariat led by the former Speaker of the Kenya National Assembly, Hon. Kenneth Marende as Chief Mediator.

  1. After two months of intense negotiations the senior leaderships of the two armed combatants finally signed a Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between them last week, here at State House. The Agreement has, inter-alia, all the critical elements of disarmament, demobilization, re-integration and re-resettlement.

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. In order to ground the Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities Agreement on the Brazzaville Agreement of July 2014, and to reaffirm their commitment to the Bangui Forum, the two combatant Parties also signed the “Nairobi Engagement Declaration” to that effect.

  1. Further, at the request of the International Mediator, and with the intervention of the Mediation Team the two former Presidents of the CAR; Presidents FRANCOIS BOZIZE and MICHELE D’JOTODIA also agreed to separately sign the “Nairobi Declaration” as we have all just witnessed them do today. By so doing they have also reaffirmed their ADHERENCE to the Brazzaville Agreement and Commitment to the BANGUI FORUM.

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. Both the Brazzaville Agreement of July 2014 and the BANGUI FORUM are recognized by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the AU and the UN Security Council as important elements of the Transition Roadmap to peace and stability in the CAR.

  1. Commitment to the two milestone imperatives by all the main parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic has thus laid a firm foundation upon which long lasting and sustainable peace and stability in the CAR can be built.

  1. It is against this background, that I invited you to join me in Nairobi in witnessing the signing of the “Nairobi Declarations” by the two former Presidents of the CAR, President FRANCOIS BOZIZE and President MICHELE D’JOTODIA.

  1. I take this opportunity to thank you all most sincerely for responding positively to my invitation in spite of the very short notice.

  1. With the signing of the Nairobi Declarations by the two former Presidents of the Central African Republic, it is my pleasure and singular honour to declare the NAIROBI-CAR PEACE INITIATIVE now concluded.

  2. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Mediation Team and Secretariat and all those who worked tirelessly, including over the Christmas holidays, to bring together the Combatant Parties to close their differences, leading to the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the Declarations of ADHERENCE to the Brazzaville Agreement and Commitment to the BANGUI FORUM.

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